8 June 2015 at 1.31pm | 1 Comment
Claus Guth’s production of Die Frau ohne Schatten has won Best Opera at The South Bank Sky Arts Awards. The new production of Strauss’s 20th-century opera was nominated alongside Welsh National Opera’s Moses und Aron and Birmingham Opera Company’s Khovanskygate: A National Enquiry. The awards, hosted by Melvyn Bragg, are held annually to recognize British achievements in the arts.
Die Frau ohne Schatten was performed as part of The Royal Opera’s Spring 2013/14 Season to coincide with the 150th anniversary of Richard Strauss’s birth. The co-production with La Scala, Milan received critical acclaim during its time at the Royal Opera House, collecting five-star reviews for its inventive designs and praise for its staging.
The opera marked director Claus Guth’s debut at the Royal Opera House, alongside dramaturg Ronny Dietrich. The production featured designs by Christian Schmidt, as well as video from Andi A. Müller. Semyon Bychkov, who led the Orchestra of the Royal Opera in a number of the performances, has also been honoured for this piece, winning Conductor of The Year at The Opera Awards 2015.
Richard Strauss conceived Die Frau ohne Schatten at the beginning of the 20th century alongside his long-time collaborator Hugo Von Hofmannsthal. The piece explores magical themes, drawing from The Arabian Nights and the Grimms’ fairy tales, reason perhaps for its striking staging that mesmerized audiences and critics alike.
Take a look at a gallery of images from the production here:
Elena Pankratova as Barak's wife, Hubert Francis as Hunchback Brother, Adrian Clarke as One-Eyed Brother, Jeremy White as One-Armed Brother and Emily Magee as the Empress in Die Frau ohne Schatten © ROH / Clive Barda 2014
The Award for Outstanding Achievement was awarded to dancer Sylvie Guillem.
The South Bank Sky Arts Awards 2015 will be broadcast on Sky Arts on Wednesday 10 June at 8pm. A full list of the winners and nominees has been published on the Sky Arts website.